Americans Report Credit Report Errors

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When is the last time that you check you credit report? At least 25% of all Americans have found errors in their credit report

Reported by on June 4, 2013 — Nearly a quarter (25%) of Americans say they’ve discovered problems with their credit reports, according to a new study of 1,000 American adults by, an online legal information portal.

The most common problems reported were incorrect or outdated credit or personal information, information that was mixed up with another person due to identity theft, a credit score being incorrectly reported as too low, or a denial of credit because of an incorrect credit report.

Sixty-eight percent of those who found a problem with their credit report were able to fix the problem, the study found. However, 18 percent of the people who reported problems with their credit report said they were never able to get it corrected.

“It’s important to check your credit report periodically to ensure the information it contains about you is accurate and up-to-date,” says Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney and editor with “The credit reporting agencies all have detailed procedures for correcting errors. And our survey found that people are generally having success in getting the agencies to correct those errors.”

The study finds that 22 percent of Americans have never checked their credit report to verify its accuracy.

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